Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Quick catch up

First Grade starts tomorrow.  I'm not nearly as emotional as I was last year.  I really just can't wait to have a quiet house!  They will be in the same class again which I requested and it was approved by their teacher last year and the principle.  They only have one of their friends from last year in their new class but they are excited for who it is so that's good.  They absolutely adored their teacher last year so I think they were both nervous for a new teacher but they heard the teacher they have is very nice so they are not nervous anymore.

Our summer was insane as usual.  July was the pool in the woods once, tennis camp for both, baseball camp for jackson, soccer camp for Jackson, hip hop camp for both, York Animal Kingdom with Grandma once, Wizard of Oz at North Shore Music Theater.  August my mom and I took the kids to the Cape two separate times for me to take pictures of a family down there.  The second family ended up rescheduling but we went anyway.  We spent 4 days at my friend's parents' house in Falmouth and did day trips to Hyannis and Martha's Vineyard then let the kids stay in the pool one entire day because it's all they really wanted to do.
Two days after the first time we got back from the Cape we turned around and drove to New Hampshire for my Jr. bridesmaid's wedding.  Madison and Jackson were the flower girl and ring  bearer and I was the photographer!  We got to spend two nights at the Bedford Inn and it was so amazing.  We got back on Saturday, went to a revolution game, then on Sunday went back to the Cape and did all of the above (I totally wrote this out of order!).
Last week I had to take a couple of days to edit the million pictures I took in August but then I took the kids to Water Country.  I bought season passes for next year which got me the rest of this year free.  Then the four of us went again two days later.  I wanted to go again today but it was all rainy and stormy.  We went bowling and read books for literally hours trying to finish up the summer reading list.  Madison's was almost done because she read a ton on her own (some 4th grade level books too...she's a machine!) but Jackson needed some attention.  He went to kindergarten not reading at all and by the end of the year he could really read.  He still needs a lot of help but I was impressed with the progress.
We only went to the beach TWICE.  How horrible is that??  And we only saw a handful of friends once each.  It's so frustrating how hard it is to fit everything we want to do in.  There were so many friends we didn't see at all!

So for the fall schedule Madison and Jackson have soccer with Chris as their coach (U8) on Sundays, Jackson will be practicing with North Shore United on Monday afternoons, and Madison will have tap and hip hop classes back to back on Thursdays at a new (to us) dance school right near us.

So on top of this I shot and edited 20 sessions in August and 12 in July and spent two sessions per week each of acupuncture and physical therapy due to a horrific pain in my neck which after a very long time we figured out was a pinched nerve.  5 weeks after it appeared out of no where it disappeared.

Last April I had a kidney stone which landed me in the ER on three separate occasions (one time while were driving through Rhode Island on the way to New Jersey for a soccer game).  That was an awesome 2 weeks!  And it all started the day I had to have our poor girl kitty put to sleep.

I guess that's it for now even though it's just scratching the surface.  Hopefully I'll be back soon?